Happy new year!
Please take a moment and consider this (if you haven’t already): Is there one person in your circle of friends and family, just one, whom you could reach out to right now and encourage to lend their support to Bane of All Things over the weekend?
It could be your spouse, a sibling, a parent, one of your children, a co-worker, a neighbour, a friend in a book club, a buddy in the beer league or a classmate.
If each of you who has kindly supported this campaign so far with a purchase were able find one other person willing to do the same, we would be halfway to that pre-sales target by this time next week. (I don’t think I could sleep if that happened.) They would only have to purchase a single ebook.
In my last update, I talked about the media coverage provided by my local community papers. This did yield modest results over the holidays. I continue to build audience with other Inkshares users and authors. At every turn, I look for opportunities to engage with new contacts and old ones at local events and through social media.
Heck, last night at a business networking event, I even pitched the staff working the cash bar, BoAT business cards in hand.
Your good word matters more than mine
Here is a simple truth I have learned from established authors, agents and publishers – word of mouth from existing supporters remains the most effective way for an author, at any stage of their career, to sell books.
Now for the good news: BoAT clung to top spot among titles in funding on Inkshares for most of the three-week period that ended Sunday past.
And the not so good news: BoAT achieved this by averaging just one sale a day. (Yes, that does mean every title in funding on Inkshares suffered a holiday slump, which was only to be expected.)
Over the holidays, more than one supporter said to me, “But I don’t want my money back, I want my copy of the book,” when I told them how Inkshares works.
I would much rather you get a book instead of a refund, too.
So, let’s make it happen … together. It is, after all, the birth of a new year—a time for fresh optimism and second chances.
If we hit some milestones in the near future, like 300, 400 and 500 pre-sales, there just might be a contest announcement or two!
As always, your continued support is deeply appreciated.
(And remember, you can always purchase an additional copy yourself to give as a gift :).
I have to say it has been a rollercoaster through 2018, but I survived it. One of the great things to come out of 2018 was the friends I made through this site, and through joining and participating in the Writing Bloc’s group and their short story collection titled Escape! An Anthology, with 19 other talented writers (now available on Amazon for $5.99!)
We’re the Whiteheads is still funding: I have 50 more days! I would appreciate it so much for my story to be followed and/or pre-ordered. Thank you for your continuing support. Let’s make this new year a wonderful one. Link: https://www.inkshares.com/books/we-re-the-whiteheads/
Hello Love Cats!
Check out this awesome review of The Love Fool on the renowned Kirkus Reviews.
Spread the word and keep on loving.
Lorenzo Petruzziello (author)
Oh My Darlings, Happy New Year!
Sent version three of MINE back to the Inkshares Dev Editor today.
That Dev Letter document was a powerful learning vehicle for me. I’ve read it many, many times, and the guidance it provided should translate into an improved story for your enjoyment. (Not to mention my other secret weapon...)
Also, took time to work up another cover comp for the project entry. Can’t go back to the original title. Although nothing is for certain, the current title, MINE, is working well for me.
Check it out: https://www.inkshares.com/books/murder-happens
A lot of excitement around the recent contest winners here on Inkshares. Looks like a lot of original work and promising premises from talented authors. Looking forward to seeing those projects in print.
Also, picked up ESCAPE! Writers Bloc Anthology, available here: https://www.amazon.com/ESCAPE-Writing-Bloc-Anthology-Cooperative-ebook/dp/B07KPZRP39/ and savored a couple delicious stories already.
So, things are progressing. Thank you for your support, and your patience.
Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were wonderful and that your 2019 is off to a good start.
It’s hard for me to write without starting with this-- my Grandma died on the morning of the 19th. My grandma, Kathleen, was a third caretaker for me as a child. I lived with her during highschool. She taught me how to sew, how to crossstitch, and how to drive. Her extensive book collection and daily reading habit influenced my own love of books and I’m sure are part of what led me toward being a writer. I’ve been feeling like I can’t do much writing until I write about her, but I’m not really ready to do so extensively. So I’ve put it on the backburner-- I’m letting it simmer til the right words are ready to come out, and I’m working on other things.
One of the three protagonists in Rock of Ages is inspired by my Grandma, and I’m sure when I start working on that storyline again, it will be tough. I’m working on Cassidy, the modern 20-something, right now, and I just got to the part where she’s visiting her grandma in a care home. It’s intense, but I hope my experience visiting my grandma in the days before she died, and my love for her, will show. I read the most recent version of the prologue out loud to her and it was some of the most aware and awake she was during our visit. I’m so glad she got to hear it, and so sad she won’t get to read the whole thing.
On a happier note, I’ve created a year-long reading challenge for writers. Take a look and let me know if you plan to try it!
And on a much happier note, though Rock of Ages is still deep in the editing process, as of today I am officially a published author! It’s publication day for the Writing Bloc Anthology, ESCAPE! We started out as a little support group and soon decided we would be much more than that. We put out a call for submissions, engaged in an extensive peer editing process, and utilized our varied talents to take on design, marketing, and distribution! We made a real book with 20 great stories in it!
My story, "Aspirant," is about an aspiring nun at a Zen monastery (based on Deer Park in Escondido). She’s there trying to escape a past of sexual trauma but at a young adult retreat develops a crush on an attendee. She has to decide whether to remain at the monastery or pursue her promising new love interest.
The whole anthology is only $2.99 today but will go up to $5.99 tomorrow! Please consider ordering it and supporting independent authors and publishing! I’m so excited to hear what you think about my story!
I’m wishing you all a very happy New Year. I hope it is everything you want it to be.
Hello my friends, and Happy New Year!
I know I’ve been missing for a bit, but I’ve been hard at work. And I didn’t want to update you with nothing to update. Sorry for the prolonged absence. It’s been a crazy year.
But 2019 is already starting out to be a big success. As I have several outlets to update to, I decided to condense everything into the following blog post:
Long story short, as far as The Man Who Stole The World goes, I’m still hard at work, and I thank you all for your love, support, and patience. 2018 was a rough year, a busy year, but ultimately a good year. The book is still on, it’s still going to be a while, but it’s going to be great. I promise.
Let me know if you have any trouble reading the blog entry or if you have any questions.
I’m still here, still working, and, as always, I love you all.
I wish everyone a healthy and happy 2019.
Greetings Followers of the Space Sloth,
I know it has been some time since I updated you last. Most of my writing time has been spent working on the edits for Crow’s Gambit (which will be published by Inkshares). However, for NanoWriMo I did start writing the second book in the Space Sloth series and got 15,000 words into it before...I had to move back to the developmental edit for Crow’s Gambit.
As a holiday present I have put something together for you. Surprise! The link below will let you access a short story set in the Space Sloth universe. While it does not include Sebastian or the Space Sloth it does help develop some background on that universe. It also has some holiday twists to it. Enjoy
As always thank you for you continued support.
Seasons Greetings Everyone!!
I know it’s been a while since I’ve sent an update through this medium but a very important date is coming up and I wanted to touch base with all my Inkshares followers. In a little more than a month, Beyond the Code will be one year old. It’s been a crazy, eventful year and I’ve learnt so much about the industry and about myself. I look forward to the next year and the next step on my journey.
In celebration of Beyond the Code’s upcoming anniversary, I’m going to kick off a little contest. Between now and Jan 31/18, anyone who gives Beyond the Code a review on Amazon or Goodreads will be entered to help design and name a character in Beyond the Code’s sequel, Beyond the Masquerade.
So let me know what you think of Beyond the Code and get a chance to help me being a new character to life.
So to all my fantastic followers, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Kelsey Rae Barthel
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We had fresh snow this morning and it’s starting to feel like Christmas. Since we’re in Michigan, it’ll probably feel that way until May.
I hope that you have a great holiday and time with family & friends. I’m grateful for all that happened in 2018 especially for your help in publishing my novel Gumshoe Rules. Best wishes, stay warm and here’s to an even better 2019.
--Zack, Gregg & Roxie
Faoii! It’s CONTEST TIME!!
I promised that if we got up to 100 pre-orders I would run a contest, AND WE’VE DONE THAT. Well done, my warriors. I am so proud of you.
(I made a video about the contest, but Inkshares doesn’t support videos in these updates, so click HERE to see it.)
*~*NAME A CHARACTER IN FAOII BETRAYER~*
There are 15 new characters throughout FAOII BETRAYER. I want YOU to be one of the people to name them. There are 3 ways to enter:
1) PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY For every copy of FAOII BETRAYER you pre-order, you get 10 entries into the contest (if you’ve already pre-ordered, you are already entered to win).
2) HELP OTHERS TO PRE-ORDER For every new recruit you bring to the fight, you get 10 entries AND they get 10 entries. We need 750 pre-orders to make it real. Don’t forget that if you pre-order and we don’t hit funding, you get your money back, so there is NOTHING to lose.
3)SHARE For every FAOII BETRAYER post you share on social media (any platform), you get an additional 5 entries into the contest. It doesn’t cost anything at all to spread the news, but that is the ONLY way we’re going to make this book become real.
Click HERE to make sure you’re getting updates and that your pre-orders are in!